3D printing technology has already revolutionized the aeronautics industry. Manufacturers can create lighter, stronger components at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional production methods. We saw the world’s first 3D printed car, the Urbee created in 2013. Then last year, a company called Local Motors surprised us all by 3D printing their Strati car in record time.
Now a San Francisco-based startup called Divergent Microfactories is trying to do the same in the automotive industry. To that end, the company debuted a 3D printed supercar dubbed “Blade”, reportedly the first such vehicle to ever be additively manufactured.
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Divergent Microfactories is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and its harmful health and environmental impacts on the planet. Led by Founder & CEO Kevin Czinger, Divergent Microfactories has created a manufacturing platform that radically reduces the materials, energy, and costs of manufacturing. Divergent Microfactories aims to put these new tools of production and innovation into the hands of small teams all around the world, resulting in a sustainable path forward for the car industry and beyond.
Divergent Microfactories has unveiled a disruptive new approach to auto manufacturing – BLADE – the first prototype supercar based on this new technology. Divergent Microfactories provides a disruptive new approach to auto manufacturing that incorporates 3D printed nodes connected by carbon fiber tubing that result in an industrial strength chassis that can be assembled in a matter of minutes. (Source: Businesswire